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Ma Modular Pre-Fab Housing

By Adrienne Breaux Photos By Casey Dunn Issue Jan 2010 Neighborhood

Though the idea of modular, pre-fabricated housing is nothing new, few stand apart from the crowd like ma modular, the offshoot of local design-build firm KRDB, who promise, along with great looks and eco-friendly elements, an affordable home at half the price of other modular modern houses available today.

Quote: “We started getting inquiries to do projects in cities all around the country… it occurred to me that this might be a way we could deliver our product on a broader scale.” Krager

Modular houses are homes completed in a factory and delivered to your site on the back of a truck, the advantages of which are undeniable: quality of construction (modular houses aren’t exposed to the elements when being built), expediency (2-4 weeks versus 6-8 months) and even sometimes cost (occasionally as much as 10-15% less).

For KRDB Principal Chris Krager, modular housing’s advantages weren’t the only reasons to get into the business.

“We started getting inquiries to do projects in cities all around the country,” Krager says. “As a small design/build firm, we knew it was not possible to ensure the execution of a project to the specifications and budgets we were able to accomplish in Austin, elsewhere…it occurred to me that this might be a way we could deliver our product on a broader scale.”

Unlike other modular companies that promise simplicity but offer so many options it makes assembling your kid’s Christmas toys look easy, Krager explains that ma modular revolves around six simple building blocks.

“We have a base set of modules, 15’x36’ and 15’x60’,” he says. “There are three versions of each of these, for a total of six potential building blocks. Depending on your program needs, site condition, and budget, we can accommodate just about any homeowner’s needs with these modules, from a 500 square foot studio or guest house, to a 2,000 square foot home.”

“[A modular home] could be as large as you want,” Krager continues. “We have a client who wants to do a 5000 square foot bed and breakfast in Washington State.”

According to Krager, ma modular is ready to provide quality design and construction, competitive prices, and a quick lead-time to just about anywhere in the country. And at a starting price of $125 per square foot (depending on a variety of factors), their standard eco-friendly options–like reflective metal roofs, low-E windows, and responsibly harvested materials–are the icing on the cake.

Their first modular project, the 1,500 square foot Luna House, features KRDB’s signature sleek lines and stunning materials, and certainly delivers on their promise of killer design. And though from certain angles the structure hints at its building block origins, it stands as another example of the creative, innovative and affordable future of modular architecture, as a whole. The alluring cost level, eco-friendly aspects, and aesthetics of the Luna House agree perfectly with its first owners, a local Austin filmmaker and actress, and with all the customizable options ma modular offers, it just might fit your budget and aesthetics, too.

www.mamodular.com

Comments (5)

  1. Alex says:

    Okay, this is amazing. it’s like playing with a dollhouse or something.

    love the photography as well! i didn’t realize the first time i read this that casey dunn did it. love his stuff.

  2. Daniel says:

    The comment about quality of construction due to the modules not being exposed to elements during building is so true. Had a friend having his house built who paid for thousands of dollars in damages when that was an issue. On the other hand, I’ve done a modular home walk-through and the wood is all in pristine condition. you definitely get what you pay for. great article.

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  4. [...] in this article is their first prefab, the Luna House, which, according to a recent article in Rare Austin, is about 1,500 square feet.  It’s a beautiful home made with two large wing [...]

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